Longtime library staffers to retire after 2 decades

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad’s city library must soon bid farewell to two members of their close-knit family who have recently expressed a desire to retire.
After more than two decades of service to the community, Anita Stafford and Mary Sasso are putting an end to their run with Carlsbad’s library. They have both played an integral role in the growth of the library and have dedicated their time and energy to its success.
“When we think about our library, it’s absolutely an award-winning facility,” Councilman Matt Hall said. “It is second to none in the nation.”
Hall presented Stafford and Sasso with proclamations at the March 2 City Council meeting, thanking them both for their years of dedicated service. Although sad to see them ago, Hall noted that this was the council’s way to “recognize those that have given to the community.”
Stafford started with the library in 1985 as an office specialist program assistant with the adult learning program. She later transferred to the main library’s reference division and has been a “cheerful, conscientious and trustworthy employee that represents a valuable contribution to the citizens of Carlsbad,” said Hall, as he read from the proclamation.
“It has been my pleasure — it hasn’t even felt like work,” said Stafford of her 24 years of service to the library. “The excellent (library) staff are caring, intelligent, dedicated and so supportive.”
Sasso’s lasting contribution to the library can be seen in the collection of both travel and history books. She was the primary selector for the sections and built “outstanding collections to benefit both the public and staff,” as read from the proclamation.
Sasso has been a hands-on supporter of the library’s automation system, providing help with both hardware and software, said the proclamation. She was also an integral part of the first full implementation of the library’s public access catalog, read Hall.
“I’m not sure what I can say to cap 23 years at a wonderful library,” Sasso said at the meeting. “Automation was a lot different 25 years ago but hey, it was fun and we learned a lot along the way.”
The council bid them both farewell with their “best wishes for many years of well deserved happiness in the future.”

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